If Frank Castle Won't Use Punisher Skull, Someone Else Will (Spoilers)

In recent years there has been increasing criticism of the use of the Punisher skull by policearmymilitiawhite supremacist groups, QAnon events, and Sean Hannity on Fox News; even Trump Punisher pins have been popular. And then, during the January 6th Insurrection at the Capitol building in Washington, many Punisher skull insignias were seen. This also followed Black Lives Matter protests and a focus on real and fictional police behaviour, including the use of Punisher imagery by the police.

The Punisher Gets A New Logo For 2022

For the new Punisher series, Frank Castle was reinvented by The Hand, with a new skull logo, nicknamed Devil Skull or Horned Skull, and using knives rather than guns. When announced, writer Jason Aaron said, "So many different groups have tried to appropriate the Punisher's symbol and write their own story of what that symbol means, to match whatever their agenda. But they don't get to define the story of this character. And it's the character of Frank Castle that I'm interested in. His story has always been a dark and twisted tragedy, about a man consumed by war, for better or worse, no matter what sort of shirt he wears. And that's exactly the kind of story we're telling here."

The Punisher Gets A New Logo For 2022

And the Punisher was featured porting a different skull. One that Marvel has also trademarked. So when Molon Labe, a militia group selling weaponry, tried to trademark the real Marvel Punisher skull…

If Frank Castle Won't Use The Punisher Skull, Someone Else Will (Spoilers)If Frank Castle Won't Use The Punisher Skull, Someone Else Will (Spoilers)

… Marvel objected to the US government, and Molon Labe lost. But in today's Punisher #4, it seems that if Frank Castle is no longer using the Classic Skull, in favour of the new Devil Skull, then someone else will step up.

Marvel Comics

Ares, looking more and more like the Molon Labe imagery as well. Almost as if Marvel Comics is making some kind of point.

Marvel Comics

PUNISHER #5
MARVEL COMICS
JUN221036
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Paul Azaceta (A/CA) Jesus Saiz
Is the Punisher truly the Fist of the Beast and the predestined High Slayer of the Hand? Or is he nothing more than a prisoner of their lies? And if there's one thing Frank Castle has never been particularly good at being…it's a prisoner.
PARENTAL ADVISORY In Shops: Aug 10, 2022 SRP: $4.99

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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